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Outdoors blog archive for Dec. 2015

THURSDAY, DEC. 31, 2015

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 30, 2015

With Lake Pend Oreille below, snowshoers head up Goat Peak in the proposed Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. (Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness)

Scotchman Peaks group leads winter treks

TREKKING – A range of winter group treks, from easy to strenuous, is being offered by the Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness based in Sandpoint. The hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing treks are led by volunteers to introduce people to portions of the 88,000-acre proposed...

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Mountain biking on soft, wet trails land leave dangerous conditions for riders who follow when the surface hardens. (Courtesy)

Mountain bikers in a rut can damage trails 

MOUNTAIN BIKING -- As we enter the freeze-thaw cycle of winter, many cyclists won't be putting away their mountain bikes. But consider this from local fat-tire enthusiast Dave Nelson, who forwarded the photo above of a sign posted by cyclists in southern Utah mountain biking...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 29, 2015

In this Feb. 4, 2014 photo, a group of steelhead fishermen have the Clearwater River to themselves, as the make their way down river in Lewiston, Idaho. Steelhead anglers fishing the Clearwater River have seen restrictive regulations, low bag limits and a disappointing return of B-run fish this fall and winter. Those conditions have kept efforts low, but anglers willing to face them have experienced some darn good fishing at times. (Steve Hanks / Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho anglers: new license, new rules Jan. 1

FISHING -- Idaho fishing licenses expire this week and 2016 licenses are required starting Friday, Jan. 1. A few recently adopted rules also will take affect on Jan. 1. The state's 2016-18 Fishing Pamphlet is online and should be available at license dealers this week....

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The Spokane River, dubbed Long Lake or Lake Spokane behind the Long Lake Dam, pools behind the dam, which generates the most power of any dam on the river, Tuesday, July 9, 2008.  (Jesse Tinsley)

Lake Spokane winter drawdown to begin

RIVERS -- Avista Utilities will start the annual drawdown at Lake Spokane (Long Lake Reservoir) on Thursday, Dec. 31. Operators expect to lower the reservoir's water level up to a day over a two-to-three week period, until it reaches its winter elevation of 13 to...

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MONDAY, DEC. 28, 2015




FRIDAY, DEC. 25, 2015


THURSDAY, DEC. 24, 2015



WEDNESDAY, DEC. 23, 2015



This is a picture taken by William S. Russell for the Bureau of Reclamation in 1941 of the traditional Chiefs of the Colville Indian Reservation. This is some of the final steps to completing the Grand Coulee Dam. These chiefs gathered before this structure to witness the finishing of the dam. The photo is held at the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation History and Archeology Program. It is also held at the WSU and University of Washington photo archives.

Salmon above Grand Coulee Dam? Another step taken 

FISHING -- The idea of reintroducing salmon runs upstream from Grand Coulee Dam moved ahead a notch last week as the Northwest Power and Conservation Council sent a proposal for evaluating upriver habitat to the Independent Science Review Panel. Is it possible to restore the...

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Mckayla Gibbons bagged her first turkey on the opening day of Washington's youth-only spring wild turkey hunting season, April 4, 2015. (Jerrod Gibbons)

2015 hunter reports due in Washington, Idaho

HUNTING -- To avoid penalties next time they try to buy a Washington or Idaho hunting license, sportsmen must report their 2015 hunting activity for big-game and turkey. The information is compiled to help wildlife manager see trends in game populations and hunter activity. The...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 22, 2015





MONDAY, DEC. 21, 2015

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